The Giants are 2-0 for the first time since 2009 when they won their first 5-games only to go on and get smoked in New Orleans and lose their next four. I wasn’t sure how to grade the Giants after starting 2-0 and after reviewing their game stats it’s very clear the defense they bought this off-season is paying off. When is the last time the Giants defense has kept them in a game? 2009? 2011? Someone, anyone, tell me? That being said, where the hell is the offense? The Giants have dominated time of possession, even after the horrid start in Dallas when the Cowboys controlled the ball for the entire first half; the Giants have possessed the ball in each of the first two games 34-plus minutes. The Giants have also been lucky with the teams they are playing. The Cowboys have become the poster child of injury, narrowly beating out the Giants, and the Saints are a hollow shell of their dominant teams of the past.
For a team that hasn’t been known for their defense 2016 ha been a pleasant surprise. Though it might not look as sexy as we would like, the Giants defense has been massively successful in neutralizing the opposition.
- Cowboys: One of the top offensive lines in the NFL couldn’t get the push to establish a run game. The Giants forced Prescott into a dink and dunk passing game with Dez locked up by Jenkins.
- Saints: The Saints only converted 23% of their 13 3rd downs and converted only 1 rushing first down.
The Giants front four have been great at setting the tone early in games by only allowing 71 total rushing yards (4th in NFL against the rush). Jenkin’s through two games has lived up to the hype. But even with all this, the Giants are still only one of five teams (Titans, Buccaneers, Chiefs & Colts). So the good news is even as good as the defense is playing there is still plenty of upside to get even better.
Where is all the offense? It’s been hard to watch in the redzone; in particular, last game when the Giants went 0-3 against the 21st ranked Saints defense. When the season started I set the line at 3 for the number of games the offensive line would play together as a unit before someone got hurt. Well I fell short as Newhouse is out for Sunday’s game and Bobby Hart filling in his sport. Even though statistically the Giants offensive line ranks out decent their play certainly tells a different story. The run game continues to struggle and the line is starting to break down and it’s week 3. The good news for the offense continues to be the Giants receiving corps. Victor Cruz defied critics and not only looks comfortable on the field but has been able to find the
The good news for the offense continues to be the Giants receiving corps. Victor Cruz defied critics and not only looks comfortable on the field but has been able to find the endzone and second round pick Sterling Shepard is showing signs of being everything Rueben Randle wasn’t (size, speed, running complete routes). Drops continue to haunt ODB but will soon be all but forgotten when he dazzles with an amazing catch. But drops should be remembered as this is a significant statistic (yes I know he also gets a ton of targets).
This week feels like a classic trap game. The Redskins have been HORRIBLE, the locker room tension is the center of media coverage and the Giants are playing good. Don’t be surprised if the Redskins who under little coverage have been a contender against fellow NFC east teams. I hope I’m wrong but I won’t be shocked if the traditional home favorite Giants drop a game everyone assumes they will win.
KEY: Sterling Shepard isn’t baited into a 2015 Norman/ODB situation.